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Final Facts!

18/Sep/2009

As Cloone prepare to play Aughawillan in the 2009 Intermediate Final a number of interesting links exist between the current Cloone team and some teams from past finals. Listed below are just some of the trivia connected to the upcomming match:

  • When Cloone last won the Senior Championship in 1980 the panel consisted of three Brennan brothers and three Mulvey brothers. This year’s panel by coincidence also has the same characteristic!
  • The 1980 team has several family connections to the current panel through fathers or uncles including the Brennans, Hartes, Mulveys, Nicholls (McNamee) and McCrann’s.  Meanwhile current selector Padraig Quinn was a half back in 1980 while current Leitrim Co. Board Chairman Gerry McGovern was midfield.
  • Sixty years ago Cloone were enjoying the most successful period ever in their history winning Senior championships in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951. Links between those teams and today’s players include Dermot McCrann’s Grandfather Paddy who was at corner back, Full forward James ‘Butcher’ Reynolds is Grandfather to Sean while corner forward PJ Heeran is granduncle to the Brennans.
  • Cloone team manager Gerry Flanagan is a member of the Aughawillan club and has won several Senior Championships with them. However one of his greatest achievements was in Cloone where he met his wife Doreen!
  • Dermot McCrann will be hoping for a unique honour today as he seeks to become the third generation of his family to win a championship medal with his club. Grandfather Paddy starred in the 40’s while Dermot’s father Paudge played on the 1980 side.
  • Ten years ago Cloone contested the 1999 intermediate final against Mohill. Players from that day playing today include Seamus Maguire, Mark Beirne, Alan Canning, Niall & Donal Brennan, Adrian Nicholls and Michael Lohan. Like today Padraig Quinn was also a team selector.
  • Cloone’s last and only Intermediate Championship victory came in 1972 while we contested Intermediate finals in 1971, 1974 and 1999.
  • Its 62 years since Cloone and Aughawillan’s first teams last contested a County Senior Final when the 1947 decider was won by Cloone on a score line of 2-2 to 1-1.
  • The last meeting of Cloone and Aughawillan in a Co. Final was in the Junior final of 1990. Cloone were victorious on that occasion on scoreline of Cloone 4-11 to Aughawillan 3-05. Mickey Lohan is the only player from that victory still in action today.